Inspection Checklist

Fire Marshal's Office Annual Inspection Checklist


Below is a list of the most common fire code violations found during annual inspections.

Housekeeping


  • Combustible materials stored in mechanical rooms and electrical equipment rooms
  • Combustible materials stored in exits
  • Combustible materials shall not be stored within two feet of the ceiling or 18 inches below sprinkler heads
  • Storage is not permitted within three feet of electrical panels
  • Combustibles shall not be stored within three feet of heat producing equipment
  • Storage is not permitted within three feet of fire protection equipment.

Exits


  • Exits and exit corridors shall clear and unobstructed
  • Exit doors shall be unlocked when the building is occupied
  • Exit signs shall be illuminated
  • Emergency lights shall be operational

Fire Protection Equipment


  • Fire alarm systems shall be serviced annually
  • Fire sprinkler systems shall be serviced annually
  • Kitchen hood suppression systems shall be serviced semi-annually
  • Fire protection equipment rooms labeled
  • Fire extinguishers shall be serviced annually
  • Fire lanes shall be maintained clear and unobstructed
  • Fire hydrants shall be maintained operational and unobstructed with a minimum of three feet of clearance
  • Provide a K Class fire extinguisher for cooking operations.

Exterior


  • Address shall be provided on the gas and electrical meters
  • Address shall be provided on the front of the business and on the rear exits
  • Fire lanes shall be maintained clear and unobstructed
  • Fire hydrants shall be maintained operational and unobstructed
  • Combustible storage of waste items shall not be permitted on the outside of the building
  • FDC (Fire Department Connection) shall be maintained operational and unobstructed with a minimum of three feet of clearance
  • Keys provided in Knox Box

General


  • Extensions cords shall not be used for permanent power or operations. A store bought, UL listed, surge protector may be permitted for minor electrical equipment
  • Power strips and extensions cords shall not be daisy chained
  • Empty slots in electrical panels shall be filled and labeled
  • Fire rated assemblies shall be maintained
  • Dispense flammable and combustible liquids in a well vented area using safety cans
  • Flammable and combustible liquids shall be property stored
  • Occupant load shall be posted near the entrance in a conspicuous location